Danaus chrysippus orientis The African Monarch is one of our most commonly seen butterflies, flying throughout the year and occurring in every corner of our country. Furthermore they’re widespread over the rest of Africa, the Indian Ocean islands, large tracts of Asia and Australia, where they are known as the “Plain Tiger”. These butterflies prefer […]

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NPR reports a study shows that Monarch butterflies bred in captivity had trouble migrating the breeder’s butterflies had rounder, smaller top wings – similar to nonmigratory butterflies. When they were put in a flight simulator, they did not orient south, unlike the wild North American butterflies they’d been raised alongside. The captive-bred butterflies, the scientists […]

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